Nand Ghar, the flagship CSR project of Vedanta Limited, was presented with the prestigious Award of Appreciation in CSR Innovation by IndiaCSR, a national CSR body that supports practitioners and organizations in India to build responsible and sustainable business that contributes to sustainable development of society.
Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Bandu Athawale presented the award to Vikas Sharma, CEO, BALCO and Head, CSR Council of Vedanta Group and Ritu Jhingon, Head, Project Nand Ghar. The Cairn Water Project (CSR project of Cairn India, a subsidiary of Vedanta Group) and Mid-Day Meal Project (CSR project of Vedanta Aluminium Division) were also appreciated during the CSR Leadership Summit and CSR Community Initiative Awards at Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai that was attended by luminaries from across the CSR industry in India.
Vedanta Limited, in partnership with the Government of India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development, plans to modernize around 4,000 anganwadis as Nand Ghar, which will focus on children’s health and education and skilling women. Nand Ghars are a network of Modern Anganwadis with an integrated approach to child welfare and skill development for women. Constructed using state of the art Schnell technology, the structure is fire, damp resistant, and earthquake proof. Nand Ghars are equipped with BaLA designs (Building as learning aid) and TV for delivering interactive learning for holistic development of children. Each cluster of Nand Ghars is equipped with a mobile health van to ensure primary healthcare for children, pregnant and lactating mothers.
Project Nand Ghar is committed to Prime Minister’s national vision of eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare and empowering women with skill development. Anil Agarwal, Founder and Chairman of Vedanta, says, “India’s self-sufficiency in the natural resources sector has the capacity to create millions of employment opportunities. This will help eradicate poverty and empower our communities, ensuring our economic and social development.”